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The city’s first ever rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hub has opened at Eastville Park.

It is the first of four planned for the region and enables drivers to refuel their EVs to 80 per cent in as little as 30 minutes.

The hub, located in the car park at the Park Avenue entrance, has charge points for four vehicles.

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Unlike the previous system – which was the Source West network – motorists will need to subscribe to a Revive membership which is free.

They will then be charged on a pay-as-you-go basis at the hub.

A new toilet block is also being installed at Eastville Park, as well as bird and bat boxes and several new trees.

Bristol City Council – together with South Gloucestershire , Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset – will install an additional 120 new or replacement charge point connections across the region over the next year.

The new rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at Eastville Park (Image: jon Kent/Bristol Live)
The majority of these new charge points will be supplied with 100 per cent renewable energy provided by Bristol Energy, Bristol City Council’s own energy supply company.

The opening of the hub coincides with the launch of Revive – new council-owned public EV charging network in the West of England, taking over from previous network Source West.

Revive is funded by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), which awarded the four West of England authorities £7.1million as part of the Go Ultra Low West (GULW) programme.

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The project’s aim is to promote the uptake of electric vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, across the region.

Councillor Kye Dudd, cabinet member for transport at Bristol City Council, said: “Revive will provide us with a critical service for residents and visitors – reliable EV charging.

“The improvements will make it easier for more people to use electric vehicles, by providing more charge points across the West of England and a simplified payment system.

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“Electric vehicles also help us improve air quality in Bristol, as they do not produce tailpipe emissions when running.

“Enabling more people to switch to clean electric vehicles is one of our key strategies for addressing the climate emergency and delivering a carbon neutral Bristol by 2030.”

Lloyd Allen, project manager of Go Ultra Low West, said it was hoped that by providing these rapid charging hubs across the region it would help dispel any range and reliability anxiety of electric vehicles.

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